What does shaking hands mean in Vietnam?
The Vietnamese generally shake hands both when greeting and when saying good-bye. Shake with both hands, and bow your head slightly to show respect. Bow to the elderly who do not extend their hand. Vietnamese women are more inclined to bow their head slightly than to shake hands.
What is considered rude in Vietnam?
Palm down when you call someone over
The usual gesture to call people over — open hand, palm up — is considered rude in Vietnam. It’s how people call for dogs here. To show respect, point your palm face down instead. And you also shouldn’t call someone over when they’re older than you.
How do you show respect in Vietnamese culture?
The Vietnamese consider the following respectful:
- Bowing is a greeting and shows great respect.
- Nodding is used as another way to say hello and yes.
- Avoiding eye contact shows respect to older people or to people of the opposite sex.
Do Vietnamese people hug?
Greetings. Vietnamese people generally greet each other by joining hands and bowing slightly to each other. However, in big cities, some men have adopted the Western practice of shaking hands. Hugging is reserved for relatives only.
Can you hold hands in Vietnam?
Common taboos in Vietnam
Avoid hugging, holding hands, and especially kissing in public. Even touching a member of the opposite sex is looked down upon. Modesty: It is important to keep your body covered.
How do Vietnamese greet others?
The Vietnamese are accustomed to shaking hands. Some Vietnamese might use two hands to shake by resting the left hand on top of the grasp with the other person’s hand. Bowing the head while shaking hands indicates respect. Elders should be greeted especially respectfully.
Do Vietnamese like hugs?
Hold hands, but public physical displays of affection such as hugging and kissing are frowned upon.
Are Bibles allowed in Vietnam?
However, in January 2007 authorities seized Bibles and other religious materials that were printed abroad, belonging to a Protestant house church group in HCMC, on the grounds that any “foreign language” material that has not been explicitly authorized by the government is illegal.
What are Vietnamese values?
Traditional cultural values of Vietnam include: patriotism, self-reliance will, solidarity, kindness, tolerance, affection, studiousness, hard work, opti- mism. These values not only play a great role in sur- vival but also affirm the intense vitality of the nation in the past, present and future.